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Evaluating Freeze Damage to Peaches

…an Alabama Extension regional agent of commercial horticulture, explains how to evaluate the amount of freeze damage on peaches. With proper evaluation, growers can determine how to proceed with their cultivation practices, including fertil…

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Dry, Hot Weather Boosts Two-Spotted Spider Mites on Peaches

… inch long, and the female is larger than the male.

Spider mites will infest many other plant species in addition to peaches. The mites will move up a host tree until it is entirely covered.

Signs of Infestation
Leaves with a mott…

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Disease Alert: Phomopsis Twig Blight Common on Peaches this Spring

A common sight in peach orchards this spring is Phomopsis twig blight. Wet springs favor the development of this fungal disease. Dead twigs appear as brown flags in the tree suggesting the disease is at work.

Twig lesions are often …

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Live Well Recipe: Just Peachy Chicken

Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Spray baking dish with cooking spray.

Place chicken in baking dish. Pour peaches over chicken.

Sprinkle with cinnamon.

Bake for 40 minutes or until chicken reaches an internal temperature…

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Food Safety, Quality in Home Canning are Important

…ing Procedures
People should process most vegetables within six to 12 hours after picking. Allow apricots, nectarines, peaches, pears and plums to ripen one or more days between harvest and canning. Spread produce in a single layer on a cl…

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Drying Fruits at Home

…to have seeds removed; others can be dried as is (table 1).

Many fruits, especially apples, peaches, and pears, tend to darken during drying and storage. Pretreating preserves color and keeps fruit from darkening…

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PEST ALERT: Spotted Wing Drosophila (SWD) Now Active

… Clanton. As of May 23, traps displayed near figs, bunch grapes, blackberries, High Tunnel (HT) grown strawberries, and peaches were positive although at low levels.  Adult numbers ranged from 1 (peaches and blackberries) to 16 SWD per tra…

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Beginning Farmer Training Videos


Growing Specialty Mushrooms

Fruit Production

Pruning Blueberries
Evaluating Freeze Damage to Peaches
Pecan Grafting
Pruning Fruit Trees

Alabama Integrated Pest Management

Integrated Pest Management i…

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Home Soil Testing: Taking a Sample

…ic vegetable garden.”
Home orchard. A general recommendation will be made for common fruit crops grown in Alabama (peaches, plums, pecans, pears, apples, figs, grapes, strawberries, blackberries, and blueberries).
Lawn. List the spe…

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Early Developing Peach Varieties Take A Hit

AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala. – Early-developing varieties of peaches took a hit from recent freezing temperatures. Some parts of Alabama reached temperatures as low as 21 degrees F between March 4 – 7. Depending on the area and conditions, e…

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The ABCs of Climate Variability

…s due to decreased chill accumulation. The population of annual broadleaf weeds, which are the host for sucking bugs of peaches, might increase.
Reduction or elimination of flowering of subtropical fruits, such as mango, lychee, and long…

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Fruit Culture in Alabama: Winter Chilling Requirements

…GDHs for each hour are totaled over time and can be used to predict the stage of development of the plant. For example, peaches usually require 10,000 to 13,000 GDHs to reach 50 percent bloom stage after rest is satisfied. The combination o…

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Buying, Storing & Preparing Fresh Vegetables

… set it down gently on the counter when checking out.
Be cautious of buying underripe produce. Some produce, such as peaches, cantaloupe, and nectarines, may soften during storage, but they won’t ripen.
Buy cut produce that is refri…

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Make More from the Produce You Grow

…ssue for most 501(c)(3) organizations.

Here is how the deduction calculation works, using a $10.00 basket of peaches as an example.

$10.00 (price of peaches) x 25% = $2.50 (amount used as basis of deduction). This $2.50 figure…

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Alabama Gardening Calendar

…g, planting, pruning, fertilizing, mulching, and indoor plantings.

Fruits and Nuts

Set out apples, peaches, pears, and grapes.
Start grafting pecans. Prune dormant trees.
Plant shrubs and trees, including broadlea…

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